1) Listen to my gut and be true to it. There is a voice inside me that knows exactly what I want, exactly what I need, and exactly how to get there. All I have to do is listen hard enough.
2) Realize this is my journey. Competition is unavoidable in the acting world. I will always be competing against women that are more beautiful and more talented than I am for roles. But I’ve had to realize that we all have a journey, and that we each have our own successes and challenges depending on what we need at that moment in life. The most beautiful and the most talented don’t always win. If it’s meant to be yours it will be. Just do your thing.
3) The ebbs are as important as the flows. There is nothing harder in an artist’s life than the quiet moments. Artists are workaholics. But the quiet moments are powerful. I try to think of it as the calm before the storm. The place I collect myself and my life before the Gods rain down on me with the fun stuff.
4) It doesn’t have to be so hard. I used to think that if I work really really really hard, then I’ve earned a little bit of fun. No. More. The fun is as important as the work. When you’re in the flow of things you realize that it all comes together in it’s own way. You don’t have to try so hard. Just try.
5) Know when it’s time to move on. When you have nothing, you have nothing to fear. But when you gain success, it’s amazing how quickly you fear loosing it. Always reassess. Always keep your artistic life fun and challenging. And if it’s not, move on to projects that will give you what you need.